When Will Countries Open for Travel Again?

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The past twelve months have represented the most challenging period for travel in recent history. The COVID-19 pandemic has reduced mobility, closed country borders, and limited people from traveling for most of the past year.

To this day, most of the world’s countries are not letting in international travelers for leisure vacations, and it might seem like this situation will never end. But will it, soon?

Vaccinations in most of the developed world are being administered and distributed at a rapid rate. Experts point to the immunity generated by vaccinations as the most key step for our world regaining something similar to normalcy and reaching herd immunity.

The moment at which herd immunity is reached, which will come accompanied by a lower caseload and hospitalization rates, is the most likely stepping stone for the re-opening of countries and the return of international travel.

So, when might this happen? Most developed nations are aiming to finish the vaccination of a large majority of their populations at some point between this summer and this fall. This means that, if things go well, much of the world may open up by the time fall or winter 2021 comes around. Summer is unlikely, but looking just a few months later, there is hope on the horizon.

However, keep in mind that not all travel destinations are in the developed world and that this may force them to wait until they get their hands on enough vaccinations to keep their own populations safe. We will just have to wait and see.

It seems as if our long travel nightmare might be finally coming to an end, so start thinking about where your dreams might take you.